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An Overview of the Miocene Mount Messenger-Urenui Formations, New Zealand: A 2-D, Oblique-dip Outcrop Transect Through an Entire Third-order, Progradational, Deep-water Clastic Succession

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P. R. King (compiler)
P. R. King (compiler)
1
GNS Science
,
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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G. H. Browne
G. H. Browne
1
GNS Science
,
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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M. J. Arnot
M. J. Arnot
1
GNS Science
,
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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R. M. Slatt
R. M. Slatt
2
School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma
,
Norman, Oklahoma, USA
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K. Helle
K. Helle
3
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bergen
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Bergen, Norway
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I. Stromsoyen
I. Stromsoyen
2
School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma
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Norman, Oklahoma, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2008

Abstract

Coastal cliffs in north Taranaki, western North Island, New Zealand, provide excellent exposures of a deep-water clastic depositional system of Miocene age, within which a wide range of reservoir facies and sedimentological features are represented. The overall succession is progradational. It comprises heterolithic but generally sand-dominated basin-floor to base-of-slope strata, deposited in middle-to-lower bathyal water depths (Mount Messenger Formation); these are overlain by siltstone-dominated slope strata deposited in middle- to uppermost-bathyal water depths (Urenui Formation). Urenui siltstones are intermittently cut by channels infilled with a variety of lithologies. These Miocene rocks are generally uncemented and only moderately indurated, and exposures are relatively unweathered and clean, owing to washing by waves during high tides.

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AAPG Studies in Geology

Atlas of Deep-Water Outcrops

Tor H. Nilsen
Tor H. Nilsen
Desceased
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Roger D. Shew
Roger D. Shew
University of North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Gary S. Steffens
Gary S. Steffens
Shell International E&P
Houston, Texas
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Joseph R. J. Studlick
Joseph R. J. Studlick
Maersk Oil America Inc.
Houston, Texas
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
56
ISBN electronic:
9781629810331
Publication date:
January 01, 2008

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